Saving the county $3,000 a day, Rockland officials got a comatose inmate released from custody on drug charges without bail. The decision allowed jail officials to remove correction officers from watching the inmate at Nyack Hospital after just one day and stopped the cost at $3,000.
Nathan G. Patnode of Vermont remains comatose today after trying to hang himself in his jail cell on Tuesday night, Sheriff James Kralik said.
The jail is required by law to watch any inmate in the hospital, Jail Chief William Clark said. The $3,000 daily cost pays for overtime for six officers across 24 hours. Kralik said the county paid for one day before getting a judge to release the man without bail.
Patnode was found with a bedsheet around his neck hanging from the bunk bed in his cell on Tuesday. A?correction officer found him and with the help of other officers cut him down. Patnode had been in jail since Sunday on felony drugs charges. He and another Vermont man were arrested Saturday by state troopers on the New York State Thruway in Clarkstown.
Who pays for Patnode’s hospital costs is another question. In the past, the bills went to the patient’s insurance company, family or the hospital.
In 1998, David Haylis remained hospitalized for more than eight months after trying to hang himself in the jail, with the county only paying for eight days when he was under the jails care.
In 2002, another inmate spent six months in the hospital after a suicide attempt, with the jail officers guarding him for a week.
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The Rockland Holocaust Museum and Study Center celebrates Black History Month at 3 p.m. Sunday with a film about the Mississippi community where three civil rights workers were murdered in April 1964.
The film NESHOBA tells the story of two Jews from New York and an African-American from Mississippi who went to Philadelphia, a small Mississippi town in Neshoba County, to register black voters and investigate a church burning.
The Klu Klux Klan members and local police killed Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney and buried them in a earthen dam. Their bodies were found after 44 days and extensive search by the FBI and national guard. The tragedy became one the major events of the civil rights movement, drawing attention to the racism and violence against blacks and advocates in Mississippi and the south
The film looks at the community from 1964 until 2005.
The presentation is free, though donations to the center will be accepted.
For more information on the murders go to The Mississippi Burning Trial.
For more information on the film, call the center at 845-356-2700 or see Holocaust Museum and Study Center.
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A college faternity in Rockland is holding a blood drive from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday in Pilgrim Baptist Church at 80 N. Franklin Ave. in Nyack.
The blood drive marks the 100-year birthday of the Omega Psi Phi Inc. Xi Lambda Lambda Chapter.
The fraternity’s blood drives also honor Dr. Charles R. Drew, a fraternity brother who is the inventor of the blood bank, said Richard Clarke, the chairman of the blood drive committee for the fraternity.
He said the fraternity’s goal is to reach 100 pints of blood for the New York Blood Center.
The fraternity is active in Rockland working with young men and women through mentoring programs, job opportunities and helping children.
For more information on the blood drive, call Clarke at 917-882-7241 or go to Rockland Ques
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